The Butterfly Effect
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
Television comedy star Ashton Kutcher (
The story is rather far-fetched as well. In it, a young man (Kutcher) traumatized by the death of his girlfriend (Amy Smart) takes advantage of a time travel trick to try and save her life. As he makes several trips forward and backward in time, he sees chaos theory in action—the idea that every inconsequential action has vast consequences. The harder he tries to make things right, the worse things seem to get.
Along the same lines, mainstream critics argue that this movie just gets worse the farther it goes. Roger Ebert (
Religious press critics also feel a bit jostled by the film—and offended, too.
Loren Eaton (
Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) calls it "an interesting sci-fi premise … weakened by a substandard cast and a pair of novice directors. Ashton Kutcher may be amusing in a slight TV comedy series but he proves himself unable to carry a dramatic film such as this one upon his shoulders. The premise of the film is interesting enough to keep us involved but not without the awareness that it could have been so much more intriguing in the hands of more capable artists."
Bruce Donaldson (
In a reference to "the butterfly effect" of chaos theory, David DiCerto says, "A lesser-known corollary to this postulate, known as 'The Kutcher Effect,' posits that an overhyped one-time underwear model stroking his ego on one movie set can eventually result in 113 minutes of unrelenting misery and boredom for moviegoers anywhere on earth."from Film Forum, 02/05/04
Last week, religious press critics lined up to condemn the new thriller starring
But this week,